NARRATIVE SHORT CASTING CALL. Production Title: Smart Ass. Director: Ella Genovese. Producer: Ashley Lee. Genre: Drama. Union Status: NON-UNION. Includes Copy, Meal, Credit, & Gas Reimbursement (Additional $125/day Compensation for All Roles). Shoot Dates: February 11th-13th, February 18th-20th. Audition Dates: Self Tapes due October 9th. Callback Dates: October 17th. Chemistry Reads: October 24th.
Logline: In deep rural Nebraska, Smart-Ass, a semi-feral young man, escapes the cage his dad, Chip, has kept him in for the past sixteen years in the hopes of uncovering his own humanity.
Smart-Ass (Male, 16, All Ethnicities) – 18 TPY
A monkey-dog-boy that romps around on all fours like an ape. Since he’s half animal half human, his personality and intellect is caught between the two. Smart-Ass grew up in a remote cabin with his father, Chip, who raised him as a full animal. He has no perspective from the outside world, so he’s accepted the assessment, despite getting semblances of his humanity in the way he has a conscience, a sense of self, and the same emotions as Chip — like loneliness.
IMPORTANT NOTES: This role will require talent to be shirtless (nothing more), and a Nudity Clause will be constructed. Talent will be in prosthetics fit to body and face. Talent will be asked to do a large portion of acting on all fours for an animalistic portrayal, and must be able to move comfortably on all fours. Talent MUST be comfortable handling mice (there will be an Animal Handler on set at all times, all required safety procedures will be followed, and every interaction will be discussed in full before handling). Please ensure your comfortability with all of the following before submitting.
CHIP (Male, 30-50, All Ethnicities) -A bestiality deviant who’s been hiding in the woods with his feral son for the past sixteen years. Chip drowns in shame over his own sexual deviance, which he takes out on the innocent product of it, Smart-Ass. He’s lonely in his depravity, however, he truly loves his son. He can’t come to terms with his son’s humanity, because he can’t come to terms with his own short-comings as a man.
RUPERT (Male, 30-50, All Ethnicities) -He has the classic charismatic condescending self-loathing narcissistic personality. He’s the axis on which the friend group of Chip, Julie, and Mike spin on. Rupert’s best friends with Chip, yet like everyone else, has no idea he has a feral son locked in a cage in the backroom.
MIKE (Male, 30-50, All Ethnicities) -She’s the subtlest of the group, yet hangs around them due to a deep-seated loyalty – she’s known them all since childhood. She comes over for a game of poker, yet like everyone else, doesn’t know Smart-Ass is in the backroom.
JULIE (Female, 30-50, All Ethnicities) -A socially desperate member of the group and is willing to be a part of something regardless of how wretched it is. Mike also comes over for a game of poker, yet doesn’t know Smart-Ass is in the backroom.